The battle is not over
April 20, 2011 Leave a comment
The announcements over the last few days and weeks from ¾ of UK universities setting their tuition fees at £9,000 a year clearly shows that the students were right all along. As the amount of money the government will have to loan out grows by the day, it is quickly becoming clear that the Coalition’s policy has backfired.
We, the undersigned, warn the government not to try to atone for grave errors in policy planning by cutting University places. Young people are already paying the price for the 80% cuts to teaching budgets and tuition fee rises and we promise to fight these austerity measures. However, to cut student numbers would build even more barriers to the fair and equal provision of education in this country and it would be yet another foolish measure from a Coalition government in a time of recession. We will not stand by and let this happen.
We, the undersigned, acknowledge that what happens in Parliament can be undone on the streets. The poll tax protests show us that when we fight unjust legislation, we can win.
Mark Bergfeld, NUS NEC
Clare Solomon, ULU President
Kanjay Sesay, NUS Black Students’ Officer
Vicki Baars & Alan Bailey, NUS LGBT Officers
Sean Rillo Raczka, Chair of Birkbeck SU
Nathan Bolton, Campaigns Officer Essex Students’ Union